Warriors send strong contingent to Class 1A state meet


Whale Branch will send 10 individuals and three relay teams to the SCHSL Class 1A Track & Field Championships after top-four finishes at the Lower State qualifier meet Saturday in Seabrook. 

The Warrior girls had a big day with five individuals and two relays qualifying for state. Kaylyn Caldwell led the way with gold in the triple jump (32-9), and silver in both the 100-meter hurdles (17.91) and the 400 hurdles (1:17.38), while Talaijah Bartley won the 100 hurdles (17.21) and placed fourth in 800 (2:55.38). 

Kynew Barnwell also won gold in the 800 (2:44.49), and Diamond Wright qualified in two events, placing third in the high jump (4-4) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.07). Gabby McMillan was second in the triple jump (31-11.5), and the Warriors qualified second in the 4×100 (50.71) and third in the 4×400 (4:36.85). 

Richard Parker led the Whale Branch boys with a pair of golds in the 110 hurdles (16.23) and 400 hurdles (1:03.97), and he helped the Warriors capture the 4×100 relay (43.38). 

Xavier Chaplin also won double gold in the discus (121-3) and shot put (46-8), and Trenoyne Greene qualified third in the 100 (11.65) and fourth in the 200 (23.58). Mason Griffin placed second in the 400 (52.84), and Jaylen Roberts was third in the discus (111-4) to earn their spots in the state meet.

The Class 1A state championships are set for Saturday at Lower Richland High School.

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